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Cover Story

Gritty is Pretty

by Jeff Czum

Eddy Dobosiewicz says that in spite of Buffalo’s well-known icons like the beautiful Albright Knox Art Gallery, Delaware Park, and the vibrant Shea’s Theatre, none of that is nearly as important as the stories told from the gritty atmosphere of some of the Buffalo’s elusive neighborhood taverns.

Beer Feature

Enter Here for Fresh Beer

by Brian Campbell

Let’s all raise a pint at Community Beer Works, because thanks to the 2014 Craft New York Act, now we can.

What's Brewing

Consumer Beverages Presents: What's Brewing?

by Willard Brooks & Chris Groves

Nothing says working man more than brown ales. And this one is a tribute to the working men who built the Erie Canal.

Upon Further Review

Smilin' Rex Gives Bills a Character

by Dave Staba

It will be January of 2016, at the earliest, until Rex Ryan shows whether he can get the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs for the first time since the earliest days of the millennium. Even before his official introduction, though, he provides something else they have been missing for even longer.

Art Scene

An Installation by Judy Olson Gregory at Burchfield Penney

by Jack Foran

You are on a journey filled with opportunity. Will you allow for randomness in your life? Are you planting seeds of promise? What do you hear in the silence?

Theatrically Speaking

Actor's Actor: Josephine Hogan

by Anthony Chase

Josephine Hogan has been a star on the Buffalo theater scene since she first arrived from Dublin over 20 years ago, as a co-founder of the Irish Classical Theatre Company. She first sent shivers through the roster of Buffalo leading ladies for landing the role of Desdemona in Othello at Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Classical Music Notes

Israeli String Quartet Makes Its Buffalo Debut

by Jan Jezioro

The frozen tundra of the nonexistent local classical music scene that stretches from Christmas through the first few weeks of January is coming to an end.

Film Review


by Jordan Canahai

The word biopic has become something of a dreaded word amongst film buffs in recent years, signifying something that need be approached with caution, especially when it comes to tackling towering historical figures.

Film Review


by E. Ladd

In Michael Mann’s newest film Blackhat, Chris Hemsworth, best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel Studios films, plays a hacker named Nicholas Hathaway who is sprung from jail by his former MIT roommate, Chinese security analyst Chen Dawai (Wang Leehom), to help track down a villainous “blackhat hacker” who has caused a meltdown at a Chinese nuclear power plant.


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You Auto Know

2014 MINI Hardtop 4-door

by Jim Corbran

The folks at Mini have certainly been busy these past few years, as they’ve attempted to turn the marque into a “something for (almost) everybody” brand, what with roadsters, wagons, crossovers, convertibles...and of course, the original—as Mini now calls it—Hardtop 2 Door.

Letters to Artvoice

Let's Fight Crime Everywhere

by Anna Blatto, Amherst

Don't Gag Freedom of the Press

by Blaine Hamilton, Buffalo

Graphic Traffic


by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Queen and Country: Definitive Ed. Vol. 1

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Young Avengers: Vol. 1

by Carolyn Marcille

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a British man paid a veterinarian the equivalent of $500 to perform delicate surgery on a sick office goldfish (typical pet store “replacement” price: $1 to $5).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Most plants move upwards as they grow. Their seeds fall to the ground, are blown off by the wind, or are carried away by pollinators. But the peanut plant has a different approach to reproduction.